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Pets Welcome!

They are part of the family and it is good to know where they are welcome. It is important to know when they can be included in community activities and where they can go. One of the biggest questions frequently asked is where can I take my dog for a run on the beach? We are pleased that there are lots of options for runs on a sandy shoreline for your four-legged kids. Buttersville Beach on South Lakeshore Drive is close to downtown and frequented by area pet owners. If you are looking for a more secluded destination, the Lake Michigan Recreation Area off of Forest Trail Road is a great spot to let the kids off to stretch their legs.

For a complete list of pet friendly beaches and venues throughout the region, contact the Chamber for details, or visit the travel and tourism website for the area at:

Which beaches are dog-friendly?

The south edge of the beach at Loomis Street boat launch is open to dogs. The area is bounded on the north by the seawall south of the launch area, on the south by the end of the seawall at the southern boundary of the parking lot, on the east by the seawall along the west side of the portion of the parking lot south of the boat ramps, on the west by Lake Michigan.

Events that take place throughout the region are frequently pet friendly. The popular Friday Night Live series in Downtown Ludington on Friday nights throughout the summer is often a stop for pets and their owners. Strolling the city blocks, taking in the local vendors and live music is something not only the pets will enjoy, but the owners will as well.

As you bring your pets, don’t forget to get them licensed at the local county offices. Mason County offers 1- and 3-year dog licenses. In order to purchase a 3-year dog license, you need to have just received the 3-year rabies booster shot and have 3 years remaining until needed again. All licenses expire during the month that rabies vaccinations are due.

Licenses can be purchased at the Mason County Animal Control office (behind Walmart on Meyers Rd) or the Treasurer’s office (at the Courthouse in Ludington). All dogs 4 months and older that reside within Mason County are required by law to wear a Mason County dog license at all times. A proof of current rabies vaccination is required for the license. If your dog is spayed or neutered, a copy of that record is also required for the discounted license. License fees range from $10-$60 depending on the license.